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Window Comparisons Part 6 - The Buyer

Posted: 2012-06-01 Permanent Link

Windows vary dramatically in quality and price. Many people believe that all vinyl windows are basically the same, and that just isn’t the case. Think about this…..no matter what you buy there are all different prices, qualities and life expectancies. Anything from socks, computers, cars, furniture, flooring, appliances etc, etc. Windows are no different. There are 2000 manufacturers in Canada and the quality varies just like with everything else. Remember there have been a lot of improvements to windows over the years. Here are the basic things to consider when choosing a window.

There is a lot to consider when thinking about new windows. One of the most important things is that you do your research and educate yourself, the Buyer. Research the manufacturer and the installation company. Check references and look at the warranties. Spend some time driving around your neighborhood to see other peoples new windows to give you ideas on what you like and what would look good on your home. Get lists of addresses from each company quoting and look for quality and consistency. It’s easy for a company to give you 3 addresses of the nicest jobs they have ever done, but getting a list of 20 houses will give you a better picture then getting 3.

Shy away from prices that seem too good to be true. In my experience cheap prices means cheap windows and a poor installation. Also be careful for the companies who quote too high. Some companies quote high knowing there are people who think the highest price must be the best. Also watch out for companies who claim to give 30 or 40% discounts. These are not real discounts, it’s just a marketing plan to make you feel like you can’t miss their sale. Be weary also of companies who give you a price and try to force you to sign a contract right away. They should give you time to research and get your other quotes. They should also give you the time to make sure you know exactly what you want. If they are trying to rush you to get the order, they probably don’t have your best interest in mind.

This concludes our series of articles on Window Comparisons, we hope you enjoyed it!

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